In the first reported case worldwide, a Qatari woman who had a five-organ transplant in 2007 has given birth to a healthy baby in Miami, US.
Fatema al-Ansari, 26, gave birth to a girl, Alkadi al-Hayal, a fortnight ago at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she also received a stomach, liver, pancreas, and large and small intestines transplant six years ago.
The Daily Mail, UK, reported yesterday that al-Ansari was living in Qatar in 2007 when diagnosed with a blood clot to a major vein to the intestine, causing extreme organ failure.
The woman, 19 then, was two months pregnant but had to terminate the foetus on account of mesenteric venous thrombosis, a clot that blocks blood flow in a mesenteric vein (one of two veins through which blood leaves the intestine).
Despite the risk that pregnancy could cause an adverse reaction to her transplanted organs, al-Ansari decided to go in for in-vitro fertilisation.
“That she is healthy enough to consider having babies is a miracle by itself,” her obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Salih Yasin told CBS Miami.
Though al-Ansari faced some complications during pregnancy, doctors say that she will be able to have more children.
The beaming mother told a news conference at the hospital: “She (the baby) is a gift from God and a miracle,” and added “It is the best feeling in the world to be a mother.”
Al-Ansari was accompanied by her husband Khalifa al-Hayal and doctors including Dr Yasin. She will remain in Florida city for another week so that doctors could monitor her and her baby. Subsequently, the couple will return to Qatar.
Doctors at the hospital said there was no other reported case of a five-organ transplant patient giving birth, The Daily Mail added.
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